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Sam Jones (mayor)

Sam Jones (mayor)
Jones in 2006
107th Mayor of Mobile
Incumbent
Assumed office
2005
Preceded by Mike Dow
Mobile County Commissioner, District 1
In office
1987–2005
Preceded by Douglas M. Wicks Sr.
Succeeded by Juan Chastang
Personal details
Born Mobile, Alabama
Political party Democratic[n 1]
Spouse(s) Single
Alma mater Jacksonville State University
Religion Missionary Baptist

Samuel Leon Jones is an American politician who was Mayor of Mobile, Alabama, from September 2005 until August 2013. He is Mobile's first African American mayor. He ran on a platform of safety, efficient government, historic preservation and bringing employers to the city.[1]

Jones is a graduate of Central High School and attended Florida Junior College and Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Florida. He spent nine years in the United States Navy, where he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal. While he was in the military, his commanding officer was John McCain. He next served as the executive director of Mobile Community Action, Inc. from 1980 until 1987.[1] He was elected to four terms as a Mobile County Commissioner before being elected Mayor of Mobile in September 2005.[2][3]

On August 27, 2013, Jones conceded to Sandy Stimpson in the 2013 mayoral election.[4]

On October 29, 2013, the Mobile City Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution to rename Mobile Government Plaza the Samuel L. Jones Government Plaza for his service to the city. Official renaming of the building is pending approval by the Mobile County Commission.[5]

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